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GaryScottBatesScott Bates

Scott graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he lettered for two years in football, starting at center and linebacker, and also played basketball for two years. During summers he played in the Ban Johnson Baseball League. In 1975, he led that league in batting with a .398 average while playing for Milgram. He was voted all-league at first base and he played in the all-star game that same year.

At Baker, he played both football and baseball. In his freshman year he blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown against Graceland allowing the Wildcats to ultimately end up with a tie. He lettered all four years in baseball — two as a catcher, one as a third baseman and one as a first baseman. He was voted to the all-conference team for three years. He was voted his senior year the team’s captain and most valuable player. He batted over .300 in three of his four years. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism he was invited and had tryouts with the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. Among other positions he spent his career in retail sales and as a business owner of BOW Truckline. He has a daughter, Austin.

Gary enrolled at Baker after graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School where he played basketball and was the leading scorer and team captain his senior year. He was voted to the all-league, all-area and all-state teams. He left Shawnee Mission East as its fifth all-time leading scorer. In the summers he played baseball and was a member of the Johnson County 3&2 Baseball Division Championship team of 1973, was a member of the league championship team for three years and pitched four no-hitters and one perfect game. He also played for Milgram for two summers in the Ban Johnson League. At Baker he pitched and lettered for the Wildcats for two years in baseball and he was the undeniable sparkplug of the Wildcat basketball squad where he started and lettered all four years at guard. He was voted all-conference for three years and was named the best defensive player his freshman year and MVP his sophomore year. He led the team in assists all four years. He completed his Baker career ninth on the all-time scoring list.

He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He returned to the Wildcats to assist in coaching for a year before teaching and coaching in area high schools for 10 years. From 1987 to 1996 he was the assistant coach of basketball at UMKC. He currently resides in Overland Park and is employed as an executive with the George Fern Co. He is married to Karen and together they have a son, Kevin, and two daughters, Kelley and Natalie.


Nomination Procedures

Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

Nominating Categories

- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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